In spite of a world wide net of distributors and good reviews in numerous publications, it wasn't, however, as successful economically. So when it became clear that sales weren't covering cost any longer ( invoices not paid by distributors didn't exactly help ), the label stopped releasing CDs by the end of 2005 after a short period of releasing CDRs. Bernhard reluctantly decided to sell out the remaining stock of CDs and call it a day for trente oiseaux.
Now, 13 years after it was founded, trente oiseaux has returned as a web label distributing music by download exclusively. The technological means nowadays available make it possible to return to releasing music without the immense financial risk a label selling physical sound carriers can incur, and Bernhard is more than pleased to see his label become active again.
The first web releases on trente oiseaux comprised a couple of Bernhard's albums no longer available on CD, Bernhard first album released only on the web, and the CDR releases mentioned above are also coming back as web releases distributed by download. Simon Whetham's 'Understory' was trente oiseaux's first new web album.
On 14 July 2009 trente oiseaux released 'Tori no Kaigi', a compilation presenting a selection of contemporary electro-acoustic and improvised music by fine artists from all over the world. Tori no Kaigi consists of four individual albums and ca. 50 pages pdf booklet available for download from trente oiseaux's website – don't miss it!
The first release in 2013 was Brachklang – 'Two Days In The Life Of', TOC131. Brachklang is an improvised music duo whose members are Bernhard Günter and Ingo Weiß. On their first album, Bernhard plays soprano and alto sax, soprano and alto clarinet, electric guitar, and live electronics – Ingo provides alto and baritone saxophone and live electronics.
More re-issues and new releases are due in 2013 – trente oiseaux is alive and kicking !
PS: All net albums are released in wave format, with a printable cover in pdf format, and under the CC BY-NC-ND ( Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs ) CC License which makes it legal to share them - no DRM at trente oiseaux.